Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times
  • Smyrna residents vote in favor of referendum

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  • Ask and you shall receive. Families in the Smyrna School District voted in favor of the referendum on Saturday that will now enable the district to renovate old buildings and continue to run the district as it currently does.
    The current expense referendum passed by a vote of 958 to 569. The major capital improvements referendum passed 930 to 571.
    District administrators and some school board members gathered Saturday night at the central administration building to hear the results.
    Smyrna School District Superintendent Debbie Wicks said she and the district applaud and deeply appreciates the positive voters and their willingness to sacrifice for the communities’ children.
    “Thank you for joining your hearts and your hands in circling us with your love to help our children,” Wicks said. “What a special blessing it is to live in a community that is known for supporting their youth.”
    Wicks said she feels grateful and very blessed.
    “I had a pretty good feeling but you never know for sure until the votes are counted,” Wicks said.
    The major capital improvements referendum will allow for renovations at Smyrna Elementary, Clayton Elementary, North Smyrna Elementary, John Bassett Moore Intermediate School and the Thomas D. Clayton Building; the cost to the district totals $4.8 million, which is 33 percent of the total $14 million cost. The state will pick up the remaining cost.
    Work is expected to take place in both the summer and during school time.
    The current expense referendum was for $1.5 million.
    The total first-year impact of the property tax increases will be about $92 for a home with a market value of $200,000.
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